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  • Colyn Colyn Mar 3, 2013 11:04 Flag

    Barca stuffed ...again ?

    Colin has it in for Rodgers. He has his opinion and is off loading with both barrels. I agree Liverpool are no way near Barca. The style of our game is different with the only similarity that really stands out being possession. I think that's a good thing especially if you have European ambitions. One other big thing we do have in common however is that Rodgers and FSG have set up the academies and youth sides to play in the exact same way as the first team. Basically they've set an ethos up that runs right through the whole club. everybody does the same thing, the same way. Whoever thinks that is a bad thing is just simply plainly off their rocker.

    Good win yesterday but the stats also make interesting reading. On paper there's a small argument to say that Wigan had the better of the game. They had more possession, more shots, more corners etc. At last however I can say we were more clinical.

    I also agree that a false nine is pants. I think, and we do especially need a real focal point to our attack.

    As a final point Barca will adapt. That I'm sure of. It wouldn't surprise me to see a striker there next season and the full backs being used to really stretch defenses out wide and get behind them. It's not as if they haven't got the skill levels is it?

    Finally I also agree that its still early days in Rodgers tenure. The task he faced was huge, the pace of change may be too much for some to appreciate but in my book the club seriously needed it.

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    • Hi Colyn

      First off - very good result yesterday and lots of positives from the performance (including Pepe - still been a top class keeper this season even with the odd mistake ...I hope he stays).

      It's been an interesting season. Undoubtedly, BR has made mistakes but I was very impressed by him saying as much recently about the Oldham game and also talking about adding experience to the group. We all knew he was/is inexperienced at this level but if he learns from the mistakes made this season then it should put us in a healthy state for next. On the plus side we are creating chances and, but for our inability to kill off games, would be a lot closer to 4th which has to be the minimum requirement for next season imo.

      Improving communication and having a clear development path is a positive for any organisation but some caution is needed here. There is already a side in the PL who have had one system of play throughout for more than a decade, who have a philosophy in buying players with potential for the right price, who have built practice pitches to the exact dimensions of their stadium pitch ... Arsenal. Now, Arsenal always(!) finish in the top 4 but they haven't won anything for years. My point is that the philosophy is all well and good if it is supplemented with buying and retaining top players. Otherwise it just becomes a cash generation scheme.

      In short, I'd rather be Utd than Arsenal.

      • 2 Replies to Paddy
      • Completely fair point but what is the point in finding anddeveloping young players if they have absolutely no chance in playing for the first 11? Not much apart from the cash aspect as you've mentioned. However, it would also seem criminal that you develop a young player and that player hasn't got a clue of what is expected from them when they join the first team squad. Prepare them early and the transition is easier. They become better players too as we are looking at a technically demandng style of play.

        Finally and this will get right up Colin's nose but it's true. Barcelona's style of play, Tiki Taka, is now a brand of sorts. It is something that is Barcelona's, it's part of their identity. That alone is worth money believe it or not.

      • Paddy...me too Id much rather be UniTURD than Arsenal.